Today my thoughts turn to the large contingent of Idaho National Guardsmen who are serving in Iraq. The local news is also full of stories about the families left behind, the sacrifices that they are making while husbands, dads, sons, wives, moms, daughters are absent.
I wrote The Victory Club, in part, as a tribute to and encouragement for the loved ones who serve their nation on the homefront. They give so much — emotionally, financially, physically, spiritually — while they wait. They are not alone. God sees and cares.
Of course, The Victory Club is set during WWII, and the nation at home sacrificed a great deal. There were shortages of every kind. Food and gas was rationed. Today, while our brave men and women serve overseas, people at home can remain blissfully ignorant, if they choose. We have plenty of food to purchase in our supermarkets, and although gas may cost more, we get into our fancy automobiles and drive where we choose.
Most experts estimate that the military and civilian losses of Allied forces during WWII were 44 million, including nearly 6 million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. The USA lost over 400,000 to that war.
As I’ve stated here before, freedom isn’t free.
Today’s church bulletin had some wonderful quotes regarding freedom, and I think they are all worth sharing with you on this 4th of July weekend.
- They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. * Benjamin Franklin
- In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. * Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty. * John F. Kennedy
- You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. * Galatians 5:13
- Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. * George Bernard Shaw
- None can love freedom but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license, which never hath more scope than under tyrants. * John Milton
- I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. * Psalm 119:45
- This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. * Abraham Lincoln
- I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly those who desire it for others. Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. * Abraham Lincoln
- It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. * Galatians 5:1
- No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation. * Douglas MacArthur
- The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. * Isaiah 61:1
- I do not know what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death. * Patrick Henry
- Freedom is never given, it is won. * Anonymous
- Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. * 2 Corinthians 3:17
- Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the Author. * Thomas Jefferson
- I have a dream that one day my four little children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of there skin but the content of their character. * Martin Luther King Jr.
- The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. * Romans 8:19-21
- Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice. * Anonymous
- A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue. * Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. * 1 Peter 2:16
- Free at last; free at last; thank God Almighty we are free at last. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- To those who would crush religious freedom, our message is plain: You may jail your believers. You may close their churches, confiscate their Bibles and harass their rabbis and priests, but you will never destroy the love of God and freedom that burns in their hearts. They will triumph over you. * Ronald Reagan
Good thoughts to ponder as we celebrate our nation’s freedom.